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“Hidden away but what a gem”
Review of Rafters

Rafters
Ranked #2 of 1,466 Restaurants in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $154
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson Rafters has long been accepted as one of Sheffield's finest restaurants. The combination of the highly skilled & creative cooking of Tom and the kitchen team partnered with the knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed service of Alistair and the front of house team partners to make the best dining experience possible. Both brought up locally Alistair went to Tapton School where he did his work placement at the Forte Post house and has been hooked on the catering industry ever since.Leaving school at 16 to pursue his chosen career in a work based modern apprenticeship Alistair has worked in some of the best Hotels and Restaurants in Sheffield and the surrounding area learning his trade always with the ultimate ambition of opening his own restaurant one day. Tom started cooking at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the highly regarded Sheffield College for a one week cookery course in the summer holidays whilst at High Storrs. It was this initial introduction that sparked his passion and ultimately led him back to Sheffield College where he completed his Professional Chefs diploma and was named college chef of the year. After leaving college Tom has worked at the highest level in Restaurants and Pubs in Sheffield and the surrounding area, maintaining and gaining local, regional & national recognition wherever he has cooked. Working together for the past 5 years it is the shared vision that dining is about the whole experience and not just the kitchen or dining room that brought Alistair & Tom together to embark on the journey of running their own restaurant working together as one team with the goal always being to delight and satisfy the customer.
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“Hidden away but what a gem”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

I visited ith friends on 10th August and had a special and memorable evening. The food was divine, well prepared, delightfully served and delicious. I especially recommend the unusual and plentiful bread! The venue was full and busy, creating a lively , stimulating atmosphere. The service was attentive and the staff well informed about the dishes and ingredients. I was with a dear friend who has some dietary restrictions at the moment due to ill health, the chef created her a bespoke main course with no fuss whatsoever, and she loved it! The rest if us just wolfed everything down, which in a way was shameful because it was so very beautifully presented.. Thank you Rafters, you made our evening

Visited August 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Have visited on several occasions. On this occasion we were disappointed. The service was particularly poor - had to repeatedly ask for the bread and the dirty pots were left on the table. The lack of any fresh vegetables with the main courses was a surprise.

  • Visited August 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Superb meal”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This was our first visit and will not be our last Although the menu is not extensive the quality of the food makes up for it. The restaurant was small enough to get personal service.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Probably the best restaurant in Sheffield”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

After being slightly disappointed by the size of the menu, I was pleasantly surprised that we were brought two different amuses-bouches, both of which were tasty and light. The main events, however, were amazing. The duck was a fine starter, elevated by little touches such as the beetroot powder and elegant tableware. The beef, my main course, was perfect. In truth, it was probably a little more cooked than medium rare, but I didn't care once I tasted it. Probably the tastiest thing I've ever eaten. Also of note was our service, Charlotte did an excellent job of making us comfortable, being chatty but not over-familiar. Overall, an ideal dining experience

  • Visited July 2013
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“Sheffield's Finest”
Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Just eaten here for the first time in 2 years, it's still very very good, in my opinion sheffield's finest.
Every course is a pleasure and the little extras add something most other restaurants can't even get close to.
Well done 10/10

  • Visited June 2013
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